Belongs to: rose family

Rowan Sorbus aucuparia

Also known as: mountain ash


Best time to see: all year

Key facts

A small compact tree with pinnate leaves and clusters of orange berries in summer; growing up to 15m

Sprays of scented white flowers appear in May or June, followed in August by berries that are ripe by October

Extras

Tough strong wood used for tool-handles and beams

Berries were used to make jams and pies, and herbal tea

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Owen Keen